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Making your procedure as stress-free as possible

I understand that having your hip or knee joint replaced can be overwhelming. After all, a replacement is a major surgery, and you will be required to stick to a specific physical therapy and healing routine in the weeks that follow it. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make it as stress-free as possible. Here are a few examples.

Trust your doctor

In my New York clinics, I always stress the importance of a healthy doctor-patient relationship. I want my patients to be able to approach me with any questions and concerns. In return, I am committed to understanding and applying the latest and most promising surgical trends, including robotic and minimally invasive procedures. Having this knowledge in my arsenal makes for a greater patient experience and outcome. A good doctor will never perform a procedure that would be too risky for your situation. Once you have confirmed that your surgeon has had a successful surgical track record and is qualified to complete your joint replacement, lean on their expertise to help put you at ease.

Have your paperwork ready to go

Keeping files and paperwork in order can help relieve stress down the line. As you prepare for your procedure, considering designating a spot in your home to store all of your procedure-related materials. This might include information about your post-surgical care, notes that you take during consultations, insurance information, and copies of our clinical paperwork. You might also find it helpful to take these documents with you to your initial and later appointments. We will ask that you bring all pertinent clinical information with you, including any lab reports and imaging studies, like X-rays, MRIs, CT-scans, and bone scans. If you have had a previous procedure, you’ll also want to locate your operative reports and arthroscopic photos.

Be open to having support

The journey to having a new joint can be bumpy and frustrating. Some days you might feel excited and optimistic about your possibilities. Other days you might feel like just laying down and crying. All of these emotions are completely reasonable and normal. The important thing is that you have a support system to help you through it. Prior to your surgery, recruit one or two family members or close friends to serve as a sounding board and overall encourager. You might also ask them to help you with basic tasks–like driving, taking a shower, dressing or getting into bed–in the days that follow your surgery. Asking for assistance is not easy for everyone. But it’s important that you swallow your pride and worries and reach out to those you trust to lend a hand. Chances are likely that they would do the same for you. If this is not possible, try connecting with a home-health aide or personal assistant. You might even consider reaching out to a counselor if you are anxious about the surgery.

 

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